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Better Thunderbird Attachment revisited Apps
Ever since I wrote this hint, I was still looking for more and better ways to add attachments to Thunderbird. For one it has always annoyed me that the 'Mail PDF' function in the PDF part of the print dialog only works with, even when Thunderbird has been set as default app for handling mail. The solution to this annoyance didn't occur to me until very recently.
  • In any app, for example Preview, open a document.
  • In the menu bar go to File » Print.
  • In the PDF part of the print dialog go to 'Edit Menu ...' (bottom line, last option in the menu).
  • A floating window appears: hit the + sign (bottom left).
  • Select Thunderbird from your applications folder (or any other app that will handle PDF files in some way) and hit Open in the Chooser Window
  • Now hit OK in the floating window
From the print dialog you can now send PDF versions of any document directly to Thunderbird as an attachment.

One caveat: Thunderbird does not show the disk space required for the PDF, it does that only after sending the file or after saving the file as a draft (save as draft, close, reopen).

[crarko adds: I haven't tested this one.]
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Better Thunderbird Attachment revisited
Authored by: Thomas_U on Sep 26, '11 08:29:08AM

Just tested this, works fine. Thanx!

Thunderbird 6.0.2
OSX 10.6.8 (BUILD 10K549)

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Better Thunderbird Attachment revisited
Authored by: jpholbrook on Sep 26, '11 09:26:13AM

Using OS 10.7 Lion, I didn't see the 'edit menu' option in Preview. I did see in when I used another app.

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